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Gowanus Canal

Address: Brooklyn, NY
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Ranked #81 of 92 Attractions in Brooklyn
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors

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New York
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78 reviews 78 reviews
62 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Well, if you like the site of putrid green water, and your nose can handle the various odors coming from the canal, I might imagine that seeing this "attraction" is for you. Seriously, I can't understand why anyone would want to see the Gowanus Canal. It's nothing more than a place to dump industrial waste. Maybe if it was cleaned... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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227 reviews 227 reviews
115 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I'd seen this canal when going to Gowanus and Carroll Gardens. Overall it is like Newtown Creek on the Brooklyn/Queens border, it is in a very industrial area with lots of traffic and an unimpressive housing stock nearby. Overall, I'd tell people not to make a special trip here if they are looking to see Brooklyn as they will see... More 

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Hebron, lsrael
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105 reviews 105 reviews
105 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

The Gowanus Canal, once known as Gowanus Creek - more recently as "Lavender Lake" for the fetid fragrance arising from the water - is today not nearly as polluted as it once was. At the Carroll Street Bridge (1889) the view is downright pretty & pastoral. Another interesting one is the combined bridge & subway station at 9th Street (Smith-9th... More 

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Englishtown, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

Traffic, traffic, traffic...... The area is well kept (if you can get to it). Plan plenty of extra time if you are headed in this direction. Construction abounds everywhere...

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